The Buffalo Sabres just returned home from a three game west coast road trip where they went 2-1. How much is there to take away from the Sabres most recent trip?
Going into this Sabres west coast road trip, there was a lot of talk and speculation. There was a lot to be learned about who the Buffalo Sabres truly are this year in their road trip. Boy did the Sabres not disappoint.
We here at Sabre Noise are giving the Sabres a B+ for their west coast road trip, here’s why. The reason the grade is not higher is because the first game against Anaheim. Against Anaheim, the Sabres were outmatched in every facet of the game, especially physically. The loss was easily the Sabres worst of the season, but it can be forgiven. The Sabres were certainly jet lagged and Linus Ullmark played his worst game of the season. While it was an ugly loss, the circumstances didn’t make it surprising.
Now for the good. Against Los Angeles, the Sabres played like the better team. Offensively they kept the puck in the LA zone more often than not and defensively our lines gave LA fits. Most importantly, Carter Hutton had a record breaking 47 save shutout in goal. The Sabres took care of a bad LA team, which is huge because that’s what good teams are expected to do.
Against the San Jose Sharks, the Sabres played their most entertaining game yet. In a back and forth duel, Buffalo went toe to toe with a true Stanley Cup contender. With Linus Ullmark in net, this game was promising because Buffalo got knocked down numerous times in this game, but each time the Sabres came back swinging.
Overall, the road trip went about as well as Sabre Nation could’ve hoped, now it’s all about continuing to win and proving that this isn’t just an early season farce.